Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Albert Einstein: A Life of Genius

Albert Einstein: A Life of Genius

Elizabeth MacLeod
Nonfiction  Series
For ages 8 to 12
Kids Can Press, 2003   ISBN: 978-1553373971

When we think of the life of Albert Einstein we usually think of a man who was able to work with numbers in a truly magical way. We think of a man who was one of the greatest geniuses in the modern age. What many of us don?t know is that in addition to making great discoveries about matter and time, Einstein also loved to have fun. He enjoyed bike riding, playing with children, and eating chocolate - for which he had a great fondness. He was one of the greatest minds of all time and yet he never learned how to drive because he thought it was "too complicated."

In this superb biography readers will discover that Einstein was not an aloof distracted scientist. He was a man who enjoyed life and who believed that it was important that we should all do what we can to make the world a better place. He had a great ability to understand the human condition and, at times, to laugh at it and at himself.

Packed with quotes, interesting anecdotes, and annotated photographs this excellent book will give readers an interesting and warm picture of a man who thought that "imagination is more important than knowledge" and that "our science... is the most precious thing we have."

This is one of the titles in the highly recommended Snapshots series.